The “Sunshine Double” better known as the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments over the last few weeks certainly provided enough compelling storylines and surprise champions. Whether the results in the desert and in South Florida translate into long-term trends for the rest of the season is still very unclear, but it certainly proved that the ATP and WTA – though joined together at these combined events – are on different paths – at least when it comes to dealing with the lack of a dominant player or group of players week in and week out.
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“Opportunity” had to be the single most used (and perhaps overused) word of this year’s US Open. And certainly no one is to blame for doing so considering what took place in New York, even before the tournament started. Ultimately, while the men’s and women’s singles finals proved anti-climatic, the respective champions earned satisfying and well-deserved wins, even if one was a complete surprise and the other, though not a surprise, added yet another impressive chapter in a legendary career.
President Barack Obama and Sloane Stephens at White House Easter Egg Roll
The USTA and its charitable entity, the USTA Foundation contributed to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to support the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll at President’s Park on the South Lawn of the White House.
Honoring the final Easter Egg Roll of the Obama Administration, this year’s theme is “Let’s Celebrate.” This is the seventh consecutive year that the USTA and the USTA Foundation has been involved in the annual event. Celebrating this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll theme, “Let’s Celebrate” the USTA offered families and kids of all ages and skill levels to try tennis in support of the First Lady’s initiative to get kids active.
Current WTA tennis players Sloane Stephens and Shelby Rogers participated in the event along with former ATP player James Blake.
Photo Credit: Jose L. Argueta/USTA
Sloane Stephens at Indian Wells (E. Gudris)
I wanted to wait before writing about the interview Sloane Stephens gave to ESPN magazine. Mainly because I knew that the print article itself would only have a literal shelf life of a few days before the inevitable angry outcry online would force Stephens to issue a retraction of sorts on social media. Which is somewhat ironic considering it was her being “dumped” on Twitter that many view as the most important catalyst for her candid comments about Serena Williams. Continue reading